2018 Alumni Honors Gala

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You're invited to the Fifth Annual Alumni Honors Gala, set for Friday, April 27 from 6 - 11 p.m. at Venue Six10, 610 S. Michigan Ave.  Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, dancing and casino games as we celebrate the communities we serve.

For questions, contact Ed Briscoe at

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2017 Honorees Video Presentation

2017 Gala Photos

Ernesto Matias accepts his alumni award from Dean Alfred Tatum.

Alumni celebrate at the craps table during the Night at the Casino portion of the event.

Two alumni pose for a photo at the gala.

A group photo of alumni dancing during the gala.

Alumna Cheryl Watkins mans the DJ booth.

Alumna Aisha El-Amin shares a laugh at the Night at the Casino event.

Alumni and faculty at the blackjack table during the Night at the Casino event.

COE Alumni Board

Mission Statement

The purpose of the COE Alumni Board shall be to maximize involvement of COE alumni and students in the affairs of the College by developing programs and activities that provide opportunities for professional and social interaction, build lifelong relationships, and support the College’s mission of ensuring that all children and youth in America’s urban schools receive a quality education.

  • To recognize contributions of distinguished alumni, students and faculty of the College
  • To stimulate interest in education as a career among outstanding students
  • To maintain a direct line of communication and involvement between the College and its alumni

For more information, contact Ed Briscoe at

Alumni in the News

WCIU Feature: Alumna Chala Holland

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WCIU's morning news program, You and Me, profiled EdD Urban Education Leadership alumna Chala Holland on her journey from growing up in Philadelphia to a teaching career in the Chicago suburbs to the principalship at Lake Forest High School.
Watch the video

Classroom Instant Replay

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Alumna Kathryn Chval strapped cameras to English language learners' heads to uncover how teachers affect students' academic, communicative and social competencies in math, finding teacher actions that call out ELL students can lead to unintended consequences.  Read the story

The Atlantic Cites COE Research

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The Atlantic magazine highlighted research by professor David Stovall and alumna Ebony McGee in an article about how acts of racism exact mental costs on Black college students, citing their evidence on how Black students display resiliency overcoming these acts.  Read the story

A Teacher as a Father

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Evan Taylor, BA Urban Education: Elementary Education '14, reflects on his third-grade students at Roosevelt Elementary School describing him as a father and the class as a family, and how these moments have changed his perceptions about his role as a teacher and community leader.  Read the story


Read more alumni and student stories at The Recess Blog.

Career Resources

Job Seekers

The University of Illinois Alumni Association Alumni Career Center offers resources to job seekers and those advancing in their careers.  The Center edits resumes and cover letters, prepares candidates for interviews, and actively maintains a job board of employers looking specifically to hire University of Illinois graduates.  We encourage you to take advantage of these free resources.

Help us build the COE network

The College is currently building out its own job board, specifically devoted to our alumni seeking professions as teachers, educators, school leaders, early childhood managers and more.  Help us strengthen the COE network by sending in job opportunities at your place of work. Send job openings to